Mar 11, 2022

Supercomputers Simulated a Black Hole And Found Something We’ve Never Seen Before

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While black holes might always be black, they do occasionally emit some intense bursts of light from just outside their event horizon. Previously, what exactly caused these flares had been a mystery to science.

That mystery was solved recently by a team of researchers that used a series of supercomputers to model the details of black holes’ magnetic fields in far more detail than any previous effort. The simulations point to the breaking and remaking of super-strong magnetic fields as the source of the super-bright flares.

Scientists have known that black holes have powerful magnetic fields surrounding them for some time. Typically these are just one part of a complex dance of forces, material, and other phenomena that exist around a black hole.

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